Folate & Methylation in Fertility and Pregnancy
There are few topics more controversial in the prenatal nutrition world than folate. Folate is an umbrella term that includes food-sourced and metabolically active forms of folate (like methylfolate), and is also used to describe the synthetic version known as folic acid.
Almost all medical professionals will recommend a supplement of this nutrient prior to and during pregnancy because it’s known to help reduce the risk of neural tube defects.
Low folate status in a mother is also linked to a higher risk of congenital heart defects, having a low birth weight infant, and preterm birth.
While one type of folate has been widely promoted for decades (namely, folic acid), others have not received much attention.
In recent years, it’s become clear in the medical literature that metabolically active forms of folate are better utilized by the body and better support healthy methylation than traditional folic acid supplements. This has important implications for fertility, prenatal health, and pregnancy outcomes.
This webinar will detail the intricacies of folate metabolism & methylation (and complementary nutrients that support these biological processes), nutritional factors beyond folate that reduce the risk of neural tube defects, controversies over MTHFR, and much more.
In this webinar, you’ll learn:
- How folic acid differs from other forms of folate
- Folate metabolism & methylation
- Folate’s role in preventing neural tube defects (and other nutritional/lifestyle factors that may reduce/increase the risk)
- How MTHFR variations can affect folate metabolism and fertility/pregnancy
- Concerns about unmetabolized folic acid
- How to assess folate status in clinical practice
- Food and supplement sources of folate
Length: 120 minutes
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Lily Nichols is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, researcher, and author with a passion for evidence-based prenatal nutrition. Drawing from the current scientific literature and the wisdom of traditional cultures, her work is known for being research-focused, thorough, and sensible.
She is the author of two bestselling books, Real Food for Pregnancy and Real Food for Gestational Diabetes.
Her work has not only helped tens of thousands of women manage their gestational diabetes (most without the need for blood sugar-lowering medication), but has also influenced nutrition policies internationally. Lily’s clinical expertise and extensive background in prenatal nutrition have made her a highly sought after consultant and speaker in the field.
Professional Disclosure: Lily Nichols is the author of two books, for which she receives royalties: Real Food for Pregnancy & Real Food for Gestational Diabetes.
Ayla Barmmer is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, functional medicine practitioner, and the owner and operator of Boston Functional Nutrition, an integrative and functional nutrition practice. Ayla’s primary specialty is women’s health with a special emphasis on hormone balance, infertility, and digestive wellness.
Ayla obtained her undergraduate degree in dietetics and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Connecticut, and earned a Master of Science in Health Communications from Boston University. She has received additional training through Aviva Romm, MD, Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy (IFNA), Deanna Minich, Ph.D., and more.
Ayla is also a highly sought-after speaker, educator and mentor on topics such as nutrition for fertility, pregnancy, immune health, and gastrointestinal issues. Her expertise has been recognized by Boston Magazine, Tufts Medical Center, Shape, Women’s Health Magazine, and EatingWell. She is also the co-host of Real Food Radio, a podcast about supporting your health naturally and living a life you love.
Professional Disclosure: Ayla Barmmer is the owner/creator of Full Circle Prenatal, a multivitamin prenatal supplement on which she makes a profit from its sales.